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A Civic Pageant: Winner of the Spring, 2007 Black River Chapbook Competition

A Civic Pageant is a pageant of the emotional history of the self. In language as large, colorful and weightless as floats, the poems in A Civic Pageant reflect on the civics of our selves—the duty we hold to experience and emotion. They praise and lament how we must parade these obligations in front of us—always part leader of the parade, always part hopeless spectator.

About the Author

Frank Montesonti is currently the Lead Faculty of the MFA program at National University. His poems have appeared in such journals as Black Warrior Review, Poet Lore, AQR, Poems and Plays, Lit, and Barrow Street. He lives in San Diego.

Advance Praise

Montesonti’s pageant is more living diorama than contest—it’s a winter Midwest cityscape of blackouts and drunk dreaming. So, it is a pageant actually—but in place of pomp and heroics, Montensonti’s threaded that contradictory portent: a yearning to disappear from your hometown only to be lifted over it, reviewing what’s really there and now no longer your own. Funny, sad, and then funnily sad again and again.

– Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Ph.D, author of Lug Your Careless Body out of the Careful Dusk

Reading Frank Montesonti’s poems is like finding a human heart in a gleaming grocery aisle. He discovers difficult glory in the most plastic of places; he blasts apart the overlooked, everyday architecture protecting our most precious things. In one stanza, his startling declarations warn us against the sweet, slippery danger of dreams, but in the next he’s built us a beautiful, giant dream machine.

–Sommer Browning, author of Vale Tudo

Frank Montesonti’s poems deconstruct a narrative of longing for grandeur in the ordinary. They are in constant motion, like “small blue tornadoes in [his] eyes,” and gaining momentum always. If there were an easy way, Frank “has the legal right to shoot it and ask questions later.”

–James Meetze, author of I Have Designed This For You

A Civic Pageant is available from Black Lawrence Press and from Amazon.

A Civic Pageant

Montesonti Cover

Black Lawrence Press is now accepting orders for A Civic Pageant, winner of the Spring, 2007 Black River Chapbook Competition by Frank Montesonti. Books will ship next week! You can order a copy here.

Advance Praise

Frank Montesonti’s poems deconstruct a narrative of longing for grandeur in the ordinary. They are in constant motion, like “small blue tornadoes in [his] eyes,” and gaining momentum always. If there were an easy way, Frank “has the legal right to shoot it and ask questions later. – James Meetze, author of I Have Designed This For You

Montesonti’s pageant is more living diorama than contest—it’s a winter
Midwest cityscape of blackouts and drunk dreaming. So, it is a pageant actually—but in place of pomp and heroics, Montensonti’s threaded that contradictory portent: a yearning to disappear from your hometown only to be lifted over it, reviewing what’s really there and now no longer your own. Funny, sad, and then funnily sad again and again. – Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Ph.D, author of Lug Your Careless Body out of the Careful Dusk

Reading Frank Montesonti’s poems is like finding a human heart in a
gleaming grocery aisle. He discovers difficult glory in the most
plastic of places; he blasts apart the overlooked, everyday
architecture protecting our most precious things. In one stanza, his startling declarations warn us against the sweet, slippery danger of dreams, but in the next he’s built us a beautiful, giant dream machine. -Sommer Browning, author of Vale Tudo

Winner and Finalists Announced

Black Lawrence Press is very pleased to announce the winner and finalists for the Spring, 2009 Black River Chapbook Competition.

Congratulations to David Rigsbee for winning the contest with his manuscript The Pilot House. The poems in this chapbook made us ache; that’s how good they are. David will receive a cash award and publication.

Also, Black Lawrence Press often chooses an exceptional finalist manuscript for publication. Congratulations to Mary Biddinger for having her manuscript Saint Monica named as a finalist and chosen for publication.

Now…drumroll please…here is the complete list of finalists and semi-finalists for the Spring, 2009 Black River Chapbook Competition:

Finalists

Brad Ricca – Nuclearmagnetic
Craig Davis – The Dog Ballerinas
Cynthia Marie Hoffman – A Skeleton Stirred into the Paper
Joshua Robbins – Suburban Hymnal
Leora S. Fridman – Telenovela Pregnancy Hoax
Lisa Fay Coutley – Back-Talk
Mary Biddinger – Saint Monica
Matt Schumacher – Blueprints for Spiderwebs
Samantha Bell – Disarticulations
Steve Wiegenstein – Kingdom of Brass
Sean Lovelace – Face Down
Kelly Luce – Ash
Seth Michelson – A Crown for Sonia

Semi-Finalists

Benjamin Vogt – Without Such Absence
Dan Nowak – Of A Bed Frame
David Serafino – Our Choices Are Limited
James Bradley – Wells Ordinary Splendor
Jane Ellen Glasser – In Good Company
Jasmine Bailey – Love Songs Men Sing to Each Other
Joseph Wiinikka-Lydon – City and Field
Julie Hensley – The Language of Horses
Kathy Flann – Leaving Reno
Kristin M Keegan – Faded Blue Houses
Nicole Steinberg – Birds of Tokyo
Rebecca Givens – Everyone Is Alive Now
Rick Alley – Roof-Boy, Come Down

Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. And congratulations again to the winner, finalists, and semi-finalists who were chosen from a group of nearly 250 submissions.

If you missed the Spring, 2009 Black River Chapbook Competition and would like to participate, consider submitting your manuscript to the Fall, 2009 competition. The deadline is October 31.

 

 

Spring 2008 Chapbook Winner & Finalists Announced

T. J. BEITELMAN, Winner of the Spring 2008 Spring Chapbook Competition

T. J. BEITELMAN, Winner of the Spring 2008 Spring Chapbook Competition

T.J. BEITELMAN of Pelham, Alabama, has been chosen as the winner of the Spring 2008 Black River Chapbook Competition. Black Lawrence Press is also pleased to announce the finalists and semi-finalists for the contest.